Tuesday, June 18, 2013

The Walker Agenda Is Still Working! Part CLXXXIX

By now, the gentle reader has probably already seen this chart from Pew's news service:

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As can clearly and easily be discerned, Wisconsin is one of only three states to lose jobs.  The other two states are Maine and Wyoming.  But even then, those two states don't even come to half of the jobs lost by Scott Walker's agenda of austerity for all who aren't wealthy campaign donors.

How bad is it? Regionally speaking, Walker's agenda sucks:
The graphic shows Wisconsin with 6,800 fewer total non-farm jobs in April 2013 compared to April 2012. Wyoming and Maine also lost jobs over the period, each down by 1,500 jobs.

By comparison, all of Wisconsin’s neighbors added jobs over the period, according to cited figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Illinois added 40,300 jobs; Michigan added 32,300 jobs; Minnesota 22,700 and Iowa 11,900 over the period.
As others have come to notice, Walker is also all too clearly trying to shift the public's attention with his sleight of words. Instead of having a laser sharp focus on job creation, Walker is resorting to claiming a lower unemployment rating from the time he decided to run for office to today. Instead of talking about the state's actual economy, Walker is trying to baffle people with saying what CEOs (most of them coming form Wisconsin Manufacturing and Commerce - which are part owners for Walker) feel how the state is doing.

In other words, Walker is following the old quip "If you can't dazzle them with brilliance, baffle them with bullshit."

It's going to be very difficult, if not impossible, for Walker to keep up the charades for another year and a half, especially without an opponent to take any kind of heat from him.


  1. "Wisconsin and Maine are what happens when reactionary governors push severe austerity measures during bad economic times, despite the fact that the International Monetary Fund has backed away from austerity -- because it doesn't work." -Democratic Maine State Senator Colleen Lachowicz

  2. Won't Walker's War on Women create jobs? War usually stimulates the economy.